Pink Lotus Flower (Nelumbo nucifera) – Monterey, CA
I think this is the first portrait of a single flower we posted here on PhotoBotos since we started. It is also the first time we have added the scientific name to the title. I am a bit torn about doing this because I don’t want the blog to seem too formal. However, I am a sponge for knowledge and personally like it. Let me know what you think and if you like it I will add it in when appropriate, if not then I will keep my Latin to myself.
The Lotus flower is a universal symbol of beauty and in some circles fertility and sexuality. I love it because it reminds me of South Korea when my wife and I were on our honeymoon. They were adding on to a temple and we bought a shingle that they were going to use for the new roof. They gave us a paint pen so we could write something before they placed it on top of the temple. I wanted to write something funny, but my wife placed a beautiful saying on it (which I have since forgot ) and it gained its place upon new temple. Afterwards, we went inside the main temple where we were given unopened lotus flowers to drip water on our heads in a form of prayer. The World Cup was in town, so the temple was full of people praying for their soccer team to make the finals. Since then I have read a quote from a Chinese Philosopher that went something like “… although the lotus grows from mud, it remains unstained.” Not bad. The next time I am in a South Korea temple I will pray for the ability to write words people will remember for minutes… Centuries may be pushing it a bit.
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